Klopp makes title race admission after Liverpool lose at Leicester
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Liverpool star Sadio Mane has been slammed by former England striker Darren Bent after enduring a dip of form in recent weeks. The Senegal international has found the back of the net just seven times in 19 Premier League games this season and has been wasteful in front of goal.
Mane was guilty of missing a sitter for the Reds on Tuesday night as Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered a shock 1-0 top-flight defeat to Leicester City.
The 29-year-old fired over with the game still goalless in the second period with only Kasper Schmeichel to beat.
And he later saw a tame effort easily saved by the Denmark international.
Mane has now failed to get his name on the scoresheet in his last seven Premier League encounters, with Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota looking a lot more threatening than their attacking team-mate.
And Bent admits he doesn’t know why Mane’s form has dipped.
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“You’d definitely say right now if you looked at that front three and said one had to go tomorrow, it probably would be Mane,” Bent told talkSPORT.
“He started off the season relatively well. He has gone a bit quiet in the last couple of weeks – I’d say for a little while.
“If you look at the form of Diogo Jota and Salah, unfortunately he [Mane] seems to be the one that’s not firing.
“I think they’re both one and two in the goalscoring charts in the Premier League, which is scary.
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“The quicker they can get Mane back firing, the better that will be for them to close that gap but right now, at the minute, I don’t know what’s going on with him but he just can’t seem to keep pace with the other two.
“If you had to ask me to sell one now, I’m sorry to say, but out of the front three it would probably be Mane.”
Liverpool enjoyed the lion’s share of possession against the Foxes in the east Midlands but were frustrated throughout as Salah missed an early penalty.
Schmeichel guessed right to keep out the Egyptian’s spot kick, before Salah headed the rebound against the crossbar.
The Leicester goalkeeper produced an inspired performance as Liverpool remained six points behind table-toppers Manchester City.
And the Reds could drop to third in the table on Wednesday night as City and Chelsea are both in action.
The Blues host draw-specialists Brighton, while the Citizens travel to Brentford.
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